Keynote speakers

Dr Nalini M. Nadkarni

Nalini Nadkarni

Nalini Nadkarni

Dr Nadkarni is a forest ecologist who has studied rainforest canopy organisms and interactions in rainforests of Costa Rica and Washington State. She is a Professor of Biology at the University of Utah.

She is a passionate communicator about nature and science to people in all walks of life, and had innovated science engagement and conservation programs that bring lectures, experiential learning, and conservation projects to non-traditional public audiences such as faith-based groups, urban youth, legislators, and incarcerated men and women.

Her collaborations with visual artists, modern dancers, and rap singers have led to raising awareness for the importance of trees to humans.

She has received national awards for her interdisciplinary work, including the AAAS Award for Public Engagement and the Archie Carr Medal for Conservation. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

Jodi Lomask

Jodi Lomask

Jodi Lomask. Credit: Duane Cramer

Upon founding Capacitor in 1997, Jodi Lomask began exploring non-traditional combinations of arts and sciences through movement.

Under her artistic direction, Capacitor created works that tackle:

  • the past and future of reproduction (futurespecies 2000)
  • Earth’s duet with the Universe (Within Outer Spaces 2001)
  • the heroism and fantasy of video gaming (Avatars 2002)
  • the visible and invisible layers of the Earth (Digging in the Dark 2004)
  • symbiotic relationships in the forest (biome 2007)
  • the beauty and sexuality of flowers (The Perfect Flower 2009)
  • the ocean’s vital forces (Okeanos 2012), and creativity in the mind (Synaptic Motion 2014).

Lomask designs movement structures out of steel, bungee, fiberglass, and wood. Her choreography unites unique characters, innovative performance devices, with distinctive movement textures for Capacitor’s signature synthesis of visual magic and raw athleticism.

Lomask has created performance concepts for Disney’s Epcot Center and has consulted for IDEO. Lomask has been commissioned to create original works for NASA, TED, SFO, Computers and Structures, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Salvadorian Olympic Gymnastics Team. She has collaborated with world-renowned research scientists to create original dance works that draw attention to critical environmental issues.

Dr Lisa Woynarski

Lisa Woynarski

Lisa Woynarski

Lisa Woynarski is a performance-maker, researcher and ecodramaturg based in the UK working at the intersection of performance and ecology. She received her PhD from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama for her research articulating an ecological performance aesthetic, theorising the way performance may engage, critique and highlight ecological relationships.

She makes research-engaged performances exploring climate change resilience and urban ecology. She currently teaches at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Birkbeck and Millikin University (London program). She is co-convenor the Culture and Ecology Network (London) and the Ecology and Performance working group at the American Society of Theatre Research.

Guy Abrahams

Guy Abrahams

Guy Abrahams

Guy Abrahams is CEO of CLIMARTE, the producer of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015. Guy sits on the City of Melbourne’s Art & Heritage Collection, and Public Art Advisory Panels. He is an Associate of the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and has received training from US Vice President Al Gore on climate change communication. Previously Guy was Director of Christine Abrahams Gallery, and a Board member of the Melbourne Art Fair and the National Gallery of Victoria Art Foundation. Guy is passionate in his belief that the arts can engage, inspire and motivate people to take action on climate change.

Dr Suzanne Crocker

Dr Suzanne Crocker

Dr Suzanne Crocker

Dr Suzanne Crocker is a Canadian filmmaker from the Yukon in Northern Canada. She switched careers from rural family physician to filmmaker in 2009.

Over the years Dr Crocker has been involved in various environmental pursuits mostly focused on zero waste as well as researching the health and social effects of how we choose to use wifi and cell phone devices.

Dr Crocker’s feature-length documentary All The Time In The World, about disconnecting to reconnect, has won 19 festival awards from around the world, including five Environmental Film Festival Awards. The film has screened in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and Katoomba. In July 2016 it will screen in Wollongong and in Perth.

As a filmmaker and a film viewer and someone who has travelled the world with her documentary. Suzanne speaks personally on her opinion about the power of film and especially of environmental films to convey a message.

Rachel Kent

Rachel Kent

Rachel Kent

Rachel Kent is the Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney. She speaks and publishes widely on contemporary art and has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions including solo surveys by Yoko Ono and Grayson Perry. She led the MCA curatorium on the 2010 environmental exhibition, In the Balance: Art for a Changing World, which featured the work of Janet Laurence alongside other leading Australian and international artists.

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